Seagriculture USA

11 - 12 September 2024

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Optimizing farm design and operations with distributed sensing

Dan Breyre, Product Lead, Sofar Ocean, USA

About speaker:

Dan Breyre is the Product Lead for Sofar’s Fleet business which includes its real time metocean buoys, subsurface sensors and assimilated data from Sofar’s 600+ actively deployed ocean grid systems. Dan holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and has spent the last 5 years dedicated to improving the way we measure our sustainability efforts



Sofar connects the world's oceans to power a more sustainable future. Sofar unlocks ocean data at scale. They deployed hundreds of Spotters globally to create the world’s largest privately-owned network of ocean sensors that collects 1.5 million real-time observations daily. Their team of ocean scientists assimilates this real-time data into their marine weather forecasts, which are up to 50% more accurate than traditional models. They equip researchers, operators, and innovators with their own devices and data to power marine research and sustainable commercial solutions. Customers access data from their global sensor network and deploy an extensible Spotter platform to collect real-time surface and subsurface observations.


Over the years Sofar has provided marine technology to kelp farms around the world to close the data gap and help them optimize the design and operations of these sites. This presentation will highlight the insights and learnings from these deployments as well as discuss the advantages of collecting in situ site data in real time. Additionally, we will explore emerging technologies and trends that we are seeing be developed and how they will positively impact the survivability, yield and sustainability of kelp farming in the future.